Works scheduled

The intersection of Walyunga Road and Great Northern Highway in Bullsbrook has been a concern for local motorists.
The intersection of Walyunga Road and Great Northern Highway in Bullsbrook has been a concern for local motorists.

The upgrade is being funded by Stargaze Asset Pty Ltd, owner of a sand mine off Walyunga Road, because the company is ramping up its sand supply to the Gateway WA project.

According to Gateway WA, on an average day a fleet of 65 trucks would supply six loads of sand to the project.

Gateway WA has committed to carry out the works to upgrade the intersection to support the safe and continuous supply of sand from the Bullsbrook quarry to the Gateway WA Perth Airport and Freight Access project.

A Gateway WA spokeswoman said, as part of the upgrade, a new acceleration lane would be built to improve safety and access for vehicles, in particular trucks, turning left out of Walyunga Road to travel southbound on the highway.

‘The acceleration lane will be about 900m long and tie into the current overtaking lane, removing the conflict of loaded trucks entering the highway traffic at low speed,’ she said.

‘Additionally, a new turning pocket will be constructed for northbound vehicles turning right from Great Northern Highway on to Walyunga Road.’

Passenger vehicles turning right out of Walyunga Road on to the highway will be controlled by a give way sign and will have the ability to take refuge in the central median, therefore being able to cross one carriageway at a time.

Gateway WA requires about four million tonnes of sand for its project, which is being sourced from a number of suppliers.

The exact number of trucks will vary daily (due to the changing requirements on-site at the Gateway WA project), But on average it is expected there will be a fleet of 65 trucks that will carry about six loads each day.

Based on the current program, the extraction operations required for the Gateway WA project will be completed by May-June 2015.